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Mary (bell7) reads in 2020 - part 2

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75 Books Challenge for 2020

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Edited: Feb 10, 4:01pm Top

Welcome, new friends and old, to my second thread of the year!

I'm Mary, in my late 30s, and assistant director at a small public library in western Massachusetts.

You will find many bookish comments here on what I'm reading, including fantasy, science fiction, mysteries, historical fiction, general nonfiction, and book club books. Not necessarily in that order, though I do read a fair amount of fantasy when left to myself. I also have a goal of reading 25% or more #OwnVoices books this year, as I did last year.

I have a large family and live with friends so you may see the following personae appear:

R. brother, closest in age
A. sister, married with two kids
G. brother, engaged to be married in December.
T. sister, youngest of all of us, recently moved to DC area and living with A.'s family.
W. brother-in-law
Mia - four-year-old niece, daughter of A. and W.
Matthew - two-year-old nephew, son of A. and W.
FSIL - my future sister-in-law, fellow librarian and book lover, who I'll also call C. from time to time. Marrying G. in December
Man of the house - the man who owns the house where I live
Lady of the house - the woman who owns the house where I live (they're married and friends of mine from church who open up rooms in a large house to folks)
Housemate A. - college-age young man who lives in one of said rooms
Housemate L. - new arrival, older woman who lives in a room
Housemates A. and J. - married couple with their little boy B. I don't see them much
Housemate D. - I see him the least as he has his own entrance into a basement appartment

Other than reading, I enjoy knitting (and will occasionally remember to post pictures of my projects), watching sports - in particular football, tennis, hockey and baseball, pretty much in that order - and am generally a Boston fan except for football, which is all New York Giants. I volunteer a lot, both as a Big Sister through Big Brothers, Big Sisters and at my church in various ministries. I tend to talk about life and books, so feel free to pull up a cozy chair to the fire and join me.

I don't have any new photos of the niblings to post, so here is my friend the barred owl that some lovely library patrons helped me see last week:

Edited: Feb 15, 7:51pm Top

One of my job responsibilities is facilitating one of our library book clubs. I'll often comment on the discussions we have since they give me a greater appreciation for what we read together and people have seemed to enjoy that the last couple of years. Here's what we're reading in 2020 (we're taking a break for the summer):

January - The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
February - The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
March - The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
April - Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict
May - The Guest Book by Sarah Blake
September - Stoner by John Williams
October - The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
November - All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
December - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Edited: Feb 13, 10:06am Top

Articles galore! I find a lot of book-related lists, sometimes at work, sometimes not, that end up having an influence on my TBR list. I'll share them here.

1. The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction in Wired - the article discusses both Ursula K. Le Guin's and N.K. Jemisin's impact on science fiction and fantasy, and ends with 20 recommendations, 10 fiction (many of which, if not all, are diverse authors) and 10 nonfiction.
2. Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenges - with links to suggested books if I actually decide to go through with it.
3. 55 Books by Women and Nonbinary Writers of Color to Read in 2020.
4. Non-European influenced fantasy books - from Epic Reads.
5. 100 Best Books by Black Women - ZORA's Canon presents 100 books spanning 160 years and 10 additional "up and coming" authors
6. Jo Walton's Monthly Reading List - A blog where author Jo Walton talks about what she's reading. She reads a lot and she reads widely, and I love the way she both describes books and her reactions to them

Edited: Feb 11, 7:06pm Top

Top reads of 2019
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
For Every One by Jason Reynolds
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Reading Life by C.S. Lewis
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

Number of books read since keeping count on LT:
July - Dec 2008 - 65
2009 - 156
2010 - 135 (Note: in June, I started working a second part-time job for full-time hours)
2011 - 150
2012 - 108 (Note: accepted a full-time job in February)
2013 - 107
2014 - 126 (plus 8 Graphic Novels)
2015 - 120 (plus 6 Graphic Novels)
2016 - 141
2017 - 114
2018 - 105 (Note: my first full year as Assistant Director)
2019 - 116

Edited: Today, 11:14am Top

Currently Reading
God on the Rocks by Jane Gardam

Devotionals/Bible reading
Micah, Hebrews

18. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
17. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
16. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
15. Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
14. New Kid by Jerry Craft
13. The Toll by Neal Shusterman

12. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
11. Anathema! : Medieval scribes and the history of book curses by Marc Drogin
10. The Poems of T.S. Eliot, read by Jeremy Irons
9. Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
8. She Came to Slay by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
7. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
6. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
5. How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason
4. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
2. Bringing Down the Colonel by Patricia Miller
1. The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith

Edited: Feb 10, 3:50pm Top

Rough guide to my rating system:

I'm fairly generous with my star ratings - generally a four is a "like" or "would recommend" for me, while a 4.5 stars is a book I would reread. I break it down roughly like this:

1 star - Forced myself to finish it
2 stars - Dislike
2.5 stars - I really don't know if I liked it or not
3 stars - Sort of liked it; or didn't, but admired something about it despite not liking it
3.5 stars - The splitting hairs rating of less than my last 4 star book or better than my last 3
4 stars - I liked it and recommend it, but probably won't reread it except under special circumstances (ie., a book club or series reread)
4.5 stars - Excellent, ultimately a satisfying read, a title I would consider rereading
5 stars - A book that I absolutely loved, would absolutely reread, and just all-around floored me

I see it more in terms of my like or dislike of a book, rather than how good a book is, so I can definitely recommend a book I personally disliked to the right reader that walks into the library

Edited: Feb 10, 3:58pm Top

Well, happy almost-Tuesday everyone! Today is the only Monday I'm working this month, and the dogs are coming back to the house where I've been catsitting for a month plus. Because it was a short day and I know I'll be busy as ever this week, I decided to start the new thread and I'm currently cooking a couple of recipes - a simplified pho soup and tater tot hotdish.... and as I write this, I just realized I don't have an ingredient I need for the later. :::sigh:::, ah well, I'll finish cooking the ground turkey and save that for another day after I pick up some cream of something soup.

I'm currently reading Crucial Conversations and Children of Virtue and Vengeance. Both, I think, will be fairly quick if I can make the time to read at all between work, choir practice, dog walking, and weekend plans. I also have to start The Light Between Oceans for book group, which is meeting next Wednesday. I'm off on Friday, have fun plans that evening with some girl friends, and am planning on spending Saturday home with the dogs and reading.

Feb 10, 4:14pm Top

Happy new thread, Mary!

Feb 10, 4:56pm Top

Happy new thread!

Feb 10, 5:11pm Top

Yay for good reading, short Mondays, and new threads. *smooch*

Feb 10, 5:40pm Top

Happy new one, Mary!

Feb 10, 7:01pm Top

Thanks, Katie, Misti, Richard, and Mamie!

Feb 10, 7:04pm Top

Happy new thread, Mary!

Feb 10, 8:15pm Top

Happy new one!

Feb 10, 8:52pm Top

Happy new thread!

Feb 10, 9:10pm Top

Happy new thread!

Feb 10, 9:50pm Top

Happy new thread, Mary.

Feb 11, 9:24am Top

Thank you Stasia, Anita, Lori, Jim and Paul!

Feb 11, 9:43am Top

15. Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
Why now? LT's Monthly Author Read - for January, so I'm a little behind

Tyler and his family own a dairy farm in Vermont, but with his dad injured in an accident and not at full strength, they're in danger of losing it. But when his parents hire three Mexican brothers, these hard-working men - one of whom brought his three daughters - are going to help them keep the farm. The third-person narrative keeps close to Tyler POV for part of the chapter, and then switches to the oldest girl, Mari, as she writes letters to family and in her diary.

I had a hard time with this book, and I'm trying to put my finger on why. I think the main thing was that I was not the audience, and the author seemed to have an uncomfortable balance she was trying to make between what she thought would be age-appropriate for an eleven-year-old and talking about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mari glosses over, for example, the actual trek from Mexico to North Carolina when she was a child; granted, her parents probably didn't tell her much about it. And there are other moments where an adult reader would know exactly what was being referenced, but it would be largely lost to a child as it was to Tyler and Mari. My main critique is that a lot of things that could have been more nuanced were oversimplified, but I feel uncomfortable with that analysis because 1. I really don't know all that much about undocumented workers on Vermont dairy farms while the author clearly does and 2. the intended audience for the book is much younger than me. Secondarily, I thought the structure of the book with Tyler's more narrative and Mari's letters, was disjointed and often led to some awkward leaps in time with the characters looking back on events that weren't included in a straightforward narrative. A mixed bag for me, but maybe a good way to introduce elementary-age kids to a complex issue. 3.5 stars.

I thought it read young. Though the characters are 11-12 in the story, I'd give it to a mature eight-year-old reader.

Feb 11, 12:36pm Top

Happy New Thread, Mary!

How is Children of Virtue and Vengeance so far? I liked the first one.

Feb 11, 2:08pm Top

>19 bell7: I wasn't likely to pick it up, but will avoid it like it gots the cooties now. The things librarians do for their constituents!

Feb 11, 2:26pm Top

Happy new thread, Mary! Wow, what a beautiful owl! We have a number of Great Horned Owls who live close. It is such a thrill to see one.

Going back to the last thread... I just read New Kid and LOVED it! There have been some years when I have been sort of ..meh... about the Newbery winners (or I had another book I was super attached to and was pouty about it not winning), but this one's a great choice.

*whispers* I don't care much for shrimp either, but I did copy the recipe you posted. I do love seafood and will eat almost any kind but I just don't like shrimp. Or cuttlefish. My husband will eat anything, though, and it looks like a good one for him to take in his lunch, etc. And gingery greens? Yes, please.

So happy to see Thirteen Doorways on your best of list. I got it for Marina for Christmas!

Feb 11, 5:48pm Top

>20 jnwelch: It's a little slow to get started, Joe, but part of that might be my own fault for not reading it in long sittings. I did enjoy the first one, and hopefully this one will pick up some.

>21 richardderus: I could see you wanting to give this one a miss, Richard. I did really enjoy In the Time of the Butterflies and I want to read Afterlife when it comes out in a few months, but I'm not chomping at the bit to read any more of her kids books.

>22 AMQS: Thank you, Anne! I agree, I thought New Kid was fabulous. Most years I like one of the Honors better than the winner, but I don't that's going to be the case this year. I hope you enjoy the recipe(s) should you try them. I've discovered I love ginger and almost anything that has cilantro & lime. Yum! I hope Marina enjoys Thirteen Doorways as much as I did! I was intrigued from page 1 and my interest never flagged.

Feb 11, 6:26pm Top

Happy second thread, Mary!

No need for new pictures if you have an owl to share ;-)

Feb 11, 10:29pm Top

Happy New Thread, Mary!

Feb 12, 12:43am Top

Happy new thread, Mary.

If I am reading the info from your genealogy on your previous thread right, the Armagh reference comes from the gravestone of one of the nieces husbands. Is that correct? If that is the case then it doesn't follow that your people came from the same place. Once away from a country it doesn't matter as much if you connect with are from the same town or county as long as they are from the same country.

Feb 12, 6:30pm Top

>24 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! Glad you like the owl :)

>25 ronincats: Thanks, Roni!

>26 Familyhistorian: It was actually the niece's father, Patrick, who might be my ancestor's brother if I can fully connect them somehow (which I think will take an actual trip out to the city where all the records are: the library, City Clerk, church and cemetery are all currently on my list). Funny you should say that about being from the same country, because the James Ro(d)gers I'm researching had a son, Charles, who married Mary Raisch, my great-great grandmother. She also was born in the U.S., but her parents were German and Protestant, and I've always wondered what that must have been like for them and their families.

Feb 12, 7:46pm Top

>19 bell7: Too bad about that one. I think I will give it a pass.

Happy Thursday, Mary!

Feb 13, 8:52am Top

>28 alcottacre: Happy Thursday, Stasia! I am still hoping to read her newest adult title, Afterlife, when it comes out in a few months.

Feb 13, 9:03am Top

16. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
Why now? New book in a YA fantasy series I'm reading - I didn't read it right after it came out, but pretty close when I could fit it in

Having brought magic back to Orisha at great personal cost, Zelie and Amari travel with their friends to take on the monarchy. But they soon find Lagos in disarray, Zelie's mother and a group of nobles also have strong magic, and the young people aren't sure they can overthrow her - meanwhile, the maji are mobilizing, and Zelie and Amari find themselves at odds once again fighting for a land they love with disparate goals.

This fantasy series is steeped in Nigerian culture and a blast to read. The characters are well-defined, each convinced they are in the right and you can sympathize with several of them even while tearing your hair out because they can't get along. Kind of sounds like our modern day, doesn't it? I have discovered a new pet peeve: when a character declares "I had no choice," and that happens a lot in this book. You always have a choice, make it and convince me that it makes sense for you as a character. That's it. The book started off a little slow for me - though that could have been my choppy reading in the beginning - and picked up tremendously. By the end, I was turning pages furiously and got completely walloped by the cliffhanger. 4 stars.

Feb 13, 8:37pm Top

Happy Thursday, everyone! It's been a busy day to top off a busy week, but I'm off the next TWO days. Tomorrow has some plans with friends and errands to run, but Saturday - oh bliss! - I am planning nothing. Nada. Well, I'm reading my book club book and walking the dogs. But other than that, I will not be going out if I can help it, and I'm PUMPED.

I'm currently reading The Light Between Oceans for book club, Crucial Conversations (which, if I read a chapter a day, I should finish on the day it's due back to the library) and God on the Rocks for the Monthly Author Read of Jane Gardam. I'll be reading Letters to the Church by Francis Chan soon too, as that's what we've decided to do for our next Bible study (starts in March).

Feb 13, 8:44pm Top

>31 bell7: A chapter a day - does that mean it isn't much good, Mary?

Feb 13, 8:50pm Top

>32 PaulCranswick: Hm, well. It's a self-help book in a sense, and I put it on my list as a professional development title years ago. On the one hand, I'm trying not to finish it quickly just to say it's done and actually absorb the information. On the other... yeah, I'm not enamored with it. Their basic ideas are good, but it feels really drawn out and they give tacky names to things like "Start with Heart" (keep in mind what you actually want to talk about and don't get sidetracked by arguing) that make it sound more touchy-feely than it really needs to be.

As I'm thinking it through, Paul, no, I'm not really liking it much. I think you've prompted me to talk myself into the first DNF of the year haha.

Feb 14, 10:00am Top

>33 bell7: My library is BIG into Crucial Conversations. Librarians through to management are required to take the 2-day training course here. It's fine but not really earth-shattering.

Feb 14, 3:03pm Top

>34 MickyFine: It's fine but not really earth-shattering.

Pretty much sums up my reaction to the book, too. And I was getting annoyed because it's written in that Rah!Rah! attitude of THIS IS EARTH-SHATTERING. So I returned it today, and I'll check out other stuff for leadership/management improvement eventually.

Feb 14, 4:12pm Top

>35 bell7: *confetti toss* I LOVE it when ~meh~ books get DNFd. Life is too short.

Happy tomorrow-is-blank day!

Feb 15, 10:48am Top

Yeah, we do Crucial Conversations for our management/leadership training as well. I’m in the meh camp too.

Feb 15, 10:56am Top

Happy Saturday, Mary. Happy New Thread. Love the barred owl topper. Enjoy your weekend.

Feb 15, 7:50pm Top

>36 richardderus: I'm definitely not in the "must finish" camp, Richard. And thanks, today has been lovely.

>37 drneutron: It's comforting to know I'm not alone in this reaction, Jim.

>38 msf59: Happy weekend, Mark, and hope you're having a good day,

Feb 15, 8:08pm Top

17. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Why now? Book club on Wednesday

A baby in a boat washes up on a distant rock off the coast of Australia. What the lighthouse keeper, Tom, and his wife Isabel choose to do has ramifications beyond what either of them dream.

I tried to read this book once before when the book had recently come out and was at the height of its popularity. I couldn't quite buy the premise, and stopped reading about halfway through. When the library book club that I facilitate voted to read it, I knew I'd have to finish it this time. I found it incredibly readable this time, and I bought Tom's choice enough this time that I started to care for the characters in a complex situation and wanted to keep picking it up to find out what would happen next. Stedman writes beautifully, and there was no easy answer to what would be best for the baby, though I certainly had Opinions - and hopefully my book club will, too, with a few disagreeing with me! There were a few chapters that dragged in the middle for me, but I found it very compelling and satisfying overall. 4 stars.

I want to watch the movie now, I think I might even like it better than the book.

Feb 15, 8:21pm Top

It's been a lovely weekend. I had yesterday off and got errands and some cooking done, then had a party at my FSIL's. She gave me her wedding gown to hide in my closet so my brother won't stumble upon it at home. So today, that was my one errand to go home and drop it off. Other than that, I've been reading, hanging out with the dogs, knitting, and watching some Bruins hockey and Say Yes to the Dress. I haven't had a do-nothing day in AGES, and it's been amazing!

Tomorrow is back to my regularly busy schedule, with Financial Peace, church, and work. Monday I have off (holiday, yes!), and I'm getting together with a friend for lunch. Now that I've finished my book club book, I'll be free to read whatever takes my fancy. My next nonfiction is going to be Dad's Maybe Book by Tim O'Brien, I'm digitally reading God on the Rocks by Jane Gardam and haven't quite decided what I'm in the mood for as my next fiction paper book. It might be a reread of The King of Attolia.

Feb 16, 2:25pm Top

Happy Baja Monday! I'm glad it's a holiday for you tomorrow.

Feb 16, 10:18pm Top

>42 richardderus: me too! I've decided to be semi-productive and get some laundry and cooking done, but also a lot of reading.

Yesterday, 9:41am Top

Happy Family Day!

Yesterday, 8:57pm Top

>44 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Anita!

Yesterday, 9:04pm Top

Today's been a lovely day off. My only firm plans was lunch with a friend, and other than that I have been knitting and reading and walking the dogs.

I finished a braided infinity scarf that came out pretty well with some yarn that my brother and FSIL had given me for my birthday. I listened to The King of Attolia and re-watched the first season of Sherlock while doing that.

The dogs will have their bedtime walk in about a half hour, and then I'll get ready for bed myself. I have a little left in The King of Attolia but have read through it fast and will finish up that reread tonight or tomorrow.

Back to work tomorrow, where my highest priority will be looking over the work my intern's done and making sure she's set to continue on Wednesday. This is book club week, so I'm working 12-8 tomorrow and Wednesday. And then I not only took this Friday off but Monday and Tuesday too to give myself an extra-long weekend. Looking forward to reading, of course, as well as catching up on stuff like calling my health insurance and getting a new primary care doctor.

Today, 11:20am Top

18. King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Why now? Working my way through a reread of the series in time for the newest book, due out in August. I felt like reading it now, and managed it over a weekend.

My review from... hm, probably the third or fourth time I've read it:

Costis, a member of the Queen's Guard, expects to lose his life because he has punched the King in the face. Everyone knows he's just a swindler from Eddis who stole their queen, but obviously, even if you hate your sovereign hitting him is dangerous business. But Eugenides doesn't kill Costis; he promotes him. The new lieutenant instead sees the King at his finest - half asleep during the morning sessions, bored during lessons on history and languages, practicing sword drills in first position. This is the King of Attolia?

Because the story is told primarily from Costis' perspective, we are that much more distanced from Eugenides, though his personality still comes out, especially when he speaks with his cousins or Attolia. Though I like this book least of the three I have read, I appreciate it in rereading in ways I did not before. The King of Attolia is more about political maneuvering than the previous books in the series, and more about Eugenides becoming a true king than about the action. Though it can drag in parts, I did read it in a day and have read it multiple times, so I can hardly be too critical on that front.

Not much to add on this, my sixth read of the book. I didn't like it as much as I do now the first time I read it - it will be interesting to see if the next two books in the series grow on me in the same way. I've only read A Conspiracy of Kings twice (primarily because of the length of time between books in this series).

Today, 11:24am Top

Back to work today, but only working today-Thursday and then off for a five-day weekend. That means I've got a fair amount of things to cram into three days, including my book discussion, but we'll see how it goes and hope for the best!

Today, 3:02pm Top

FIVE-day weekend! How lovely. I hope you're prepared to take full reading advantage of it.

Today, 8:43pm Top

>49 richardderus: Oh yes, I have a stack and no have-to reads left, so I'll be enjoying myself immensely. Also, my phone calls just got easier 'cause I figured out logging into my health insurance and I think updating my primary care will be easy enough - according to the website, she's still in-network just in a new office, so YAY for (probably) not having to change. It's still a bit of a pain because her old practice hasn't sent me the paperwork to transfer my medical records to her new place grrr.... That's on my list to take care of tomorrow and Friday :)

Today, 8:47pm Top

>33 bell7: Ooops mine was not such a benign influence then, Mary?

>50 bell7: I tried to sort out 200 or so books which I rather optimistically plan to read this year and so many books were in and out of the "to read this year pile" that I was getting dizzy. I have almost 5,000 unread books at home to choose from which doesn't help in that only one in twenty-four or so make the cut!

Today, 8:52pm Top

>51 PaulCranswick: Psh, perfectly fine of course. As I was talking out my answer to your question, I was realizing as I went that no, I'm *not* enjoying it... so why keep going? :D I don't plan my books too far in advance, though I have a stack of library books, Kindle e-books, and of course books at home that I haven't read - closer to 300 in my case, but still a solid 2 years' worth of reading. Working at a library certainly doesn't help matters, as I'm constantly reading about books, hearing about books from co-workers and patrons, and coming across more titles that I want to read...eventually.

Today, 8:59pm Top

I've seen this on Paul's and Richard's threads and decided I'd take a look at how many Pulitzer Prize winning fiction I've read. Touchstones are completed, asterisk for on the TBR list.

1918 HIS FAMILY - Ernest Poole
1921 THE AGE OF INNOCENCE - Edith Wharton
1922 ALICE ADAMS - Booth Tarkington
1923 ONE OF OURS - Willa Cather
1924 THE ABLE MCLAUGHLINS - Margaret Wilson
1925 SO BIG - Edna Ferber
1926 ARROWSMITH - Sinclair Lewis
1927 EARLY AUTUMN - Louis Bromfield
1928 THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY - Thornton Wilder
1929 SCARLET SISTER MARY - Julia Peterkin
1930 LAUGHING BOY - Oliver Lafarge
1931 YEARS OF GRACE - Margaret Ayer Barnes
1932 THE GOOD EARTH - Pearl Buck
1933 THE STORE - Thomas Sigismund Stribling
1934 LAMB IN HIS BOSOM - Caroline Miller
1935 NOW IN NOVEMBER - Josephine Winslow Johnson
1936 HONEY IN THE HORN - Harold L Davis
1937 GONE WITH THE WIND - Margaret Mitchell
1938 THE LATE GEORGE APLEY - John Phillips Marquand
1939 THE YEARLING - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
1940 THE GRAPES OF WRATH - John Steinbeck
1942 IN THIS OUR LIFE - Ellen Glasgow
1943 DRAGON'S TEETH - Upton Sinclair
1944 JOURNEY IN THE DARK - Martin Flavin
1945 A BELL FOR ADANO - John Hersey
1947 ALL THE KING'S MEN - Robert Penn Warren
1948 TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC - James Michener
1949 GUARD OF HONOR - James Gould Cozzens
1950 THE WAY WEST - A.B. Guthrie
1951 THE TOWN - Conrad Richter
1952 THE CAINE MUTINY - Herman Wouk
1953 THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA - Ernest Hemingway
1955 A FABLE - William Faulkner
1956 ANDERSONVILLE - McKinlay Kantor
1958 A DEATH IN THE FAMILY - James Agee
1960 ADVISE AND CONSENT - Allen Drury
1962 THE EDGE OF SADNESS - Edwin O'Connor
1963 THE REIVERS - William Faulkner
1965 THE KEEPERS OF THE HOUSE - Shirley Ann Grau
1967 THE FIXER - Bernard Malamud
1969 HOUSE MADE OF DAWN - N Scott Momaday
1972 ANGLE OF REPOSE - Wallace Stegner *
1975 THE KILLER ANGELS - Michael Shaara
1976 HUMBOLDT'S GIFT - Saul Bellow
1978 ELBOW ROOM - James Alan McPherson
1980 THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG - Norman Mailer
1981 A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES - John Kennedy Toole
1982 RABBIT IS RICH - John Updike
1983 THE COLOR PURPLE - Alice Walker
1984 IRONWEED - William Kennedy
1985 FOREIGN AFFAIRS - Alison Lurie
1986 LONESOME DOVE - Larry McMurtry
1987 A SUMMONS TO MEMPHIS - Peter Taylor
1988 BELOVED - Toni Morrison
1991 RABBIT AT REST - John Updike
1992 A THOUSAND ACRES - Jane Smiley
1994 THE SHIPPING NEWS - E Annie Proulx *
1995 THE STONE DIARIES - Carol Shields
1996 INDEPENDENCE DAY - Richard Ford
1997 MARTIN DRESSLER - Steven Millhauser
1998 AMERICAN PASTORAL - Philip Roth
1999 THE HOURS - Michael Cunningham
2002 EMPIRE FALLS - Richard Russo *
2003 MIDDLESEX - Jeffrey Eugenides
2004 THE KNOWN WORLD - Edward P. Jones *
2005 GILEAD- Marilynne Robinson
2006 MARCH - Geraldine Brooks
2007 THE ROAD - Cormac McCarthy
2009 OLIVE KITTERIDGE - Elizabeth Strout
2010 TINKERS - Paul Harding
2011 A VISIT FROM THE GOOD SQUAD - Jennifer Egan
2013 ORPHAN MASTER'S SON - Adam Johnson
2014 THE GOLDFINCH - Donna Tartt
2015 ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE - Anthony Doerr
2016 THE SYMPATHIZER - Viet Thanh Nguyen
2017 THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD - Colson Whitehead
2018 LESS - Andrew Sean Greer
2019 THE OVERSTORY - Richard Powers *

So only 17 for me, but perhaps not surprisingly the most I've read came out since 2001 when I reached adulthood.

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